carpet break in period....?

Discussion in 'Carpet Q&A' started by sbooth21, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I was just at my wife's aunt appt, she has the old large loop Berber, no tracks, I had the smaller loop, no tracks, every color in the book was mixed in but basically beige in 15' wide due to bedroom size, pulled loops could be repaired though didn't happen.

    Only thing to me is that style was dated, not sure what I'd choose today, but told the wife we can't get Berber due to it snagging(cat)
  2. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

    Yeah it's a tough call. I think I'm going to go away from the loop style and go to a cut pile, I just can't tell the difference between a textured saxony and a frieze, and I have no idea which one will achieve the look I'm going for. So many variables in this carpet world.
  3. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    A traditional frieze is very tightly wound and slightly kinked. A textured saxony has angled cut tips that don't all face the same way. That's the simplistic, non-technical explanation. @Roland Thompson or @Nate Hall (and other carpet experts here) could provide a better definition. The unfortunate fact is, most sales people don't know these things and find it easier to just try to sell you what they think you will believe they tell you.

    A true frieze will not be easy to see vacuum marks or footprints in. Saxonies will show, but far less than plushes and velvets.
  4. sbooth21

    sbooth21 Active Member

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  5. nottoorich

    nottoorich Consumer of Information

    Consumer here, not a pro. We have a cut pile carpet that barely shows marks. The pile is very dense -- when you push on it, it's FIRM, not squishy, and it's hard to push the pile to one side -- you can't easily get your finger down thru it to the backing. I think that is what you want. Unfortunately purchased many years ago thru Ethan Allen, don't recall the brand.

    We also have a loop berber that does not show any marks at all. Again, it feels very firm; this one was a commercial carpet. Also older. One snag in @ 12 years, not sure what from. We do have two large dogs and they run zoomies on that carpet regularly.

    Last, we have a frieze. It looks good after @ 12 years. Of the 3, it shows vacuum/foot marks more tho not badly. It is hard to vacuum tho. I wouldn't get it again.
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  6. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Funny you mention Ethan Allen. I did their work here years ago and they had what was described as "TRACKLESS" carpet on the sample. We were installing it when the owner came across the floor and said something to us to get us to look up and here you could see every footprint where he came across the area. We told him to turn around and look, when he saw all his foot print he walked over to the sample rack and tore every one of the labels off saying trackless.


  7. nottoorich

    nottoorich Consumer of Information

    Too funny! I don't remember this one saying trackless. I do remember it wasn't cheap. Despite being so dense, or maybe because of, easy to clean perfectly if there is a spill or a dog accident. Hoping it lasts another 12 years or so.
  8. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Probably came from tackless tack strip, now its carpet gripper.
  9. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Nope, it was advertised as Trackless. Would have been back in the early 80's. Maybe before your time. :p


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